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P&O: Schoolchildren mark WW1 see 5816.
Lower Thames Crossing boost..5812.
Dover Museum's revitalisation see 5807.
Port of Dover: Refrigerated Cargo Terminal .. software for 5801. Latest NATO also 5801.
Port of Dover: Great increase in summer traffic 5795.
Russian and shadow 5785.
The Waverley paddle steamer 5778...
New SAGA Ship launching in Dover see 5776.
P&O: To Rome on Horseback 5759.
DOUG BANNISTER: New Chief Executive Port of Dover see below 5734....
Merchant Navy Ceremonial images also 5734.
Dover Regatta Rescue incident plus .. see 5713.
Dover Regatta pictures Lifeboat etc..5716, 5717, 5718, 5720.
DFDS Expansion: More New Ferries on order... see 5693 see also 5500 and 5381.
Excellent tourist season for P&O Ferries see 5649.
VSBW Port of Dover - Women at Work 5638.
P&O Second Female captain see 5107. Also see latest 5570.
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The Lizrix and the Ile D'aix
In the dying sun of late yesterday I noticed the Lizrix being readied for departure to the open seas. This prompted me to look her up on Chris T's Channel Traffic link ( see the frontpage of Dover.uk.com on menu left ). It seems she was bound for Zeebrugge...and off she jolly well went in the evening sun. As she came initially as a replacement for the Coral Water which is out of action due to rudder damage I thought it odd she should leave so soon...not sure what's afoot..perhaps the Lizrix didn't fit the bill.
Also while browsing the Channel Traffic device I noticed that the Ile D'aix is back in Calais. Visitors too-ing and fro-ing to Calais will have noticed here there from time to time. I got these pictures last summer and meant to use them earlier but what with one thing and another and changing the website layout we never did show them. She is a cable layer...works away out there laying cables on the ocean floor. Fascinating ship. Is that a heliport at the front or something else entirely?
Quite stormy again as I write with at least a Severe Gale 9 rattling the timber frames. A case of battening down the hatches yet again. Good luck to all today.
Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 07:04
LATEST information below from DHB - on securing a quality beach for the future....
Having withstood the elements for many years, the seafront groynes are to be replaced and upgraded with the highest quality of rock groynes in order to provide the best beach protection and frontage for Dover’s community.
The current groynes are reaching the end of their life and the Port of Dover wants to ensure that they are replaced with the very best to support the wider waterfront regeneration agenda being pursued for Dover.
From 24th February, work will commence to replace the existing groynes with new rock groynes made of Larvic rock from Norway, one of the most durable types of rock, that will both defend and protect the beach but also create a much more visually appealing beach environment. Part of the promenade sea wall will also be repaired at the same time.
Jack Goodhew, General Manager – Technical Services, Port of Dover, said: “We were determined to combine our desire to preserve and enhance the beach for the long term with our wider vision of a quality waterfront that is part of reviving Dover as a destination.”
Access to parts of the beach will be limited as the work progresses in order to ensure the safety of everyone. The Port is currently engaging with all those who live or work on the seafront and interested local organisations on the project in order that they are fully informed about the works.
Mr Goodhew added: “We are starting the work this month in order that it is completed for the Summer season. The beach is valued greatly by our local community and we want to ensure that it is ready for when the summer holidays begin.”
The Port apologises for any inconvenience that the work may cause as it works to deliver an improved seafront for the benefit of its community.
Friday, 7 February 2014 - 08:11
Wow some very dramatic pictures there of yesterday's weather, pounding away at our seafront we certainly are experiencing exceptionally bad weather.
I do not envy anyone who has to cross the channel in that, but thanks to DHB for keeping us well informed.
Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 10:58
v ic matcham, Dover
See my welding is holding up to all the bad weather and it was done years ago.Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 09:12
Conditions were abysmal yesterday. Here is a pic of the situation in the grim late afternoon with the tug boats having a full battle on their hands. This is Doughty...doughty by name, doughty by nature.
The picture above is not terribly sharp but as mentioned it is almost impossible to get anything sharp in the rain and driving wind but thought it worth showing to help illustrate the difficulties facing all mariners. Look how rough it is out there beyond the tug.
It wasn't possible to open a window the get a safe shot for fear of having the window itself wrenched off ( as happened to a neighbour). Therefore took these pictures of the girls getting a bit of a drenching yesterday through the aforementioned window.. glass n all.
One of the great joys for the up-close water watcher is the subliminal satisfaction of avoiding getting wet...it rarely works..
The picture following was reproduced quite large at the top of the page when the news broke. Have taken that large version away now but will add the pic here for reference purposes. More on the Dover Vision story itself further down page.
Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 06:15
Port of Dover Weather Warning
In anticipation of the high winds which are forecast for the rest of today and throughout the night, the Port of Dover is advising its customers to contact their ferry operator and check the Port’s website (www.doverport.co.uk) or twitter account (@Port_of_Dover) for the latest information on Channel crossings.
The safety of customers and staff is our priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and have made preparations to ensure that systems are in place to minimise any disruption to travellers.
Ferry service schedules are subject to delay with the Port's tugs assisting as required to ensure the safe berthing of vessels.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
Grim situation weatherwise. But excellent pictures there below to keep us buoyant..well done guys with those Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 15:35
The announcements for the future of the Port and Western Docks must surely be welcome, if it brings jobs for local people that has to be a good thing.
As a major Port it is vital that we make these improvements to keep up with competition,otherwise there is a fear of lagging behind.
Agree there Howard some excellent pictures below.Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 15:09
howard mcsweeney, Dover
plenty of announcements coming out the future of the port and also plans for the western docks. meanwhile life goes on as we see in the photos below - loved the low tide ones.
one here from steve walker taken early morning at samphire hoe last week.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 12:07
Ed Connell, Dover
Another reefer, the Caribbean Star, at the Dover Cargo Terminal yesterday.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:40
Jan Higgins, Dover
Great pictures of the very low tide and what is only visible when they are that low. Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:22
Western Docks Revival receives first wave of support from MOTIS.
Bringing a new lease of life to the Western Docks and reviving its place as a key part of a bustling Dover community has been met with great enthusiasm by one of the existing residents of that part of the Port.
Robert Hardy, General Manager, Motis Freight Services Agency, said: “As the operator of the Freight Services Agency in the Western Docks, such a vision to create a vibrancy in this part of the Port that would transform it for the long term is fantastic news for us and our customers, for the Port and for Dover as a whole.”
Since Motis came to Dover, it has been working hard to create new jobs and the vision unveiled by the Port will go a long way to creating a new generation of opportunity for local young people through the creation of over 600 new logistics industry jobs.
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This is exactly the kind of reaction we were hoping for, where people can see the vision for Dover we wish to create and how it delivers on so many fronts.”
Alongside the renewed hub of activity in the Western Docks, the potential transformation of the waterfront and the creation of a new marina will create an amazing place to both live and work.
Mr Hardy added: “Dover now has the chance to realise its potential and create the destination where people will not only want to live but also want to work. We live in exciting times and I am glad to be part of it and for all those at Motis to see what opportunities there are working in Dover.”
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The pictures help to illustrate just how busy the freight terminal is here in Dover. Sometimes its role is overlooked a tad but it is indeed a very busy part of the harbour with a huge amount of coming and going...the plans shown could expand this activity much further. Top vessel here is the Star Trust being manoeuvred into position by one of our tugs prior to departure. Bottom shot from 2 days ago shows the Lady Korcula.Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - 06:33
Dover Western Docks Revival – the Board’s Vision
Bringing the Future Forward Today
Dover Harbour Board announces today that it will pursue a major opportunity acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Dover. Discussion on the vision commenced at the Port and Community Forum which was independently chaired.
Having successfully achieved Government approval in 2012 to develop the Western Docks, the Board wishes to seize the opportunity to lock in the many benefits that this could bring just as soon as it possibly can.
By reviewing its masterplan over several months, the team at the Port has identified a significant opportunity to support its customers and the community and provide the game changer for which the people of Dover have been waiting for so long.
Through the early development of the approved consented footprint in the Western Docks, the Port could create over 600 new logistics industry jobs for Dover and safeguard another 140 positions by developing a new cargo terminal. This would revive the Western Docks, protect long term Port capacity and enable the transformation of the waterfront with the potential creation of a new marina.
Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader, Dover District Council, said: “Delivering major port development that protects long term port capacity but delivers jobs and opportunities now whilst creating a catalyst for major regeneration will be a significant boost to the region and shows real commitment to Dover.”
The Dover Harbour Board’s vision is an evolution of the previous masterplanning proposals and represents a possible way of achieving key benefits of the plan based upon current market conditions and opportunities within the cargo business. Delivering such a vision would enable the Port to ensure that it has the essential infrastructure in place to serve its customers in the years ahead with the additional opportunity to increase ferry berth capacity in the Eastern Docks through the transfer of the cargo operation to the west.
George Jenkins, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said: “Transforming this part of the Port estate can in turn support the wider transformation agenda, one which sees the Port and town working together, which the Port of Dover is also championing through its Dover waterfront regeneration project with Dover District Council. The people of Dover have waited long enough for Dover’s revival. That revival could start right now, breathing new life into our Port and into our community.”
Such commitment to major investment, which the Port is already undertaking through its Traffic Management Improvement Project, berth refurbishment/replacement programme and heritage works, will need to be supported and enhanced by increasing the Port’s ability to fund such a massive transformation.
Peter Jones, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Port of Dover is of national and international significance. Ensuring that it can develop and grow as a key gateway and enhancing its resilience is vital so that it can continue to support the nation's economic activity and prosperity in the years to come. Port development must be seen as part of a wider strategic vision to establish an alternative transport corridor to the midlands and the north through a new Thames Crossing while supporting new town centre investment and community development.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “The Port is determined to do more for and with its community whilst working with its major customers to achieve mutual success for the benefit of the nation.”
He added: “This opportunity requires the support of everyone to ensure that the Board gets the powers that it needs to deliver for Dover. We want to work closely with our customers and the community in establishing and driving a shared vision. Together we can and must make it happen and we begin that journey today.”
Monday, 3 February 2014 - 15:09
As well as very high tides at the moment there are extraordinary low ones too.
You could quite comfortably take the dog for a stroll around the jetties/piers these days. Highly unusual to see the tide pulling back so far and allowing us to see what goes on underneath the waves.
These are the kind of rare tides the swimmers dread as they have to walk out so far to find water. Note the marker buoy above to the left lying on terra firma.
One of the red marker 'lampshades' bit the dust in the horrendous waves the other night. Not the only victim...several of the new seafront lights took a pasting and have extinguished themselves, and the restaurant in the hotel lost its overdoor canopy and had roof damage. And its not over yet.
The shipping in the channel goes on come rain and wind.
Great set of pictures there Ed. Excellent to have the close ups from the thick of the action. The guys being transported by bucket are fascinating to see. ahhh...Summer Wind Nassau...sounds exotic for sure.
PS: by the way the clock in the tower isn't accurate..has long since given up the ghost. The pictures were taken early sunday morning at 07.50.Monday, 3 February 2014 - 07:22
Ed Connell, Dover
Reefer Summer Wind on the Dover Cargo Terminal on Wednesday, not one I recollect seeing before. Even though they are tiny ships by comparison to the big boxboats, nevertheless the stacks of containers on deck are quite high and a couple of stevedores can be seen being transferred by bucket to and from the top of the container stack.
Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 17:01
Indeed, agree, another terrific programme featuring our very well deserved town, I'm always bigging up Dover every chance I get & quite rightly so. I loved this episode & so soon too after 'The Choir'. All this positive publicity will stand us in good stead attracting more visitors here. Mandy Whall was excellent, such professionalism!!
I note the Dance to France is on my Birthday 29th March when I will be the grand ole age of 29 again
Perhaps I should throw all caution to the wind & go dance the night away. Great photo of the lifeboat from Andy, I'm sure PaulB used a smaller version of it a while back. I hope the night is a great success for the RNLI Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 16:55
Kevin Charles, Dover
Michael Portillo's famed pastel shades always add colour to the programme! Seriously, another great programme featuring the delights of Dover. I am sure most visitors go away with a much more favourable impression than many Dovorians would give credit. Like every town we have out faults, but if people spent as much time talking up the town as they do talking it down, we might start to get somewhere!
Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 09:40
Very difficult night once again, huge waves breaking over the seafront walls. Must have been horrendously tough out in the channel. Tides were very high and as I write they are now very very low at 6.20am...almost as if the sea has withdrawn. Looks somewhat odd.
Weatherman tells us there is more bizarre and stormy weather to come..so batten down the hatches!
By way of a bit of light relief. Here are a couple of pictures of Michael Portillo's visit to Dover as shown on his great railway journeys on Thursday night at 6.30pm. While not exactly a sea news item...the excuse is our very own seafront can be seen in the first shot. I tried to make a postcard out of it with only moderate success..
Here we are..
Yes that's former Politician Michael Portillo strolling along our very pleasant seafront here in Dover. He went on to explore the Grand Shaft with Mandy Whall of the WHPS who came across very well and here we have a pic of that..
The pictures are of course photographed from the TV. There are more pictures in the main forum by Howard and they look great.
I have 'postcardised' these ones.
Thanks Andy for that further info re Dance to France...and for the dramatic picture. The lifeboat guys sent me that one in my previous role..still have it in the files. Its by Dan Keen if I remember rightly.
Im known for a mean soft shoe shuffle on the dancefloor so I am...lol!
Yes indeed Jan some good info through there from DFDS..great ideas.
Saturday, 1 February 2014 - 06:37
JanT , Dover
Excellent picture showing the Lifeboat Andy and lets hope that the Charity Disco Cruise (Dance to France) has a good take up for a very good cause.
And DFDS give us some more very good offers, cases are already packed for those itchy feet Friday, 31 January 2014 - 12:45
Andy MacLean, Canterbury (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our Dover Lifeboat at speed!
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Places strictly limited so book early!Friday, 31 January 2014 - 11:33
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The offer code for the three-day return fare is E72SB and the five-day return to Dunkirk is E120SB.
DFDS Seaways operates up to 12 return sailings per day between Dover and Dunkirk, offering passengers flexible and convenient crossing options. Passengers can relax on board during the short, two hour crossing and grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants or cafes, pick up a few last minute travel essentials from the onboard shop or let the kids play the dedicated children’s areas.
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Some nice ideas above there from DFDS..yours truly is getting that itchy travel bug again!
Good to see that pic of the Lizrix up close Ed.
Howard there is some RNLI info on the 'Dance to France' here on page 2 from Andrew Maclean..
... just in case you missed it.
Friday, 31 January 2014 - 06:20